Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced that it would be resuming its flights to the Greek capital, Athens, with 4 weekly flights to Athens International Airport starting on the 16th of June.
Gulf Air’s decision to resume flights to Athens reinforces the airline’s strategy of strengthening its network with key global destinations and providing strategic business and tourism links.
Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam commented, “We are seeing unique business and tourism opportunities in Greece alongside positive signs of the country’s economic recovery. Accordingly, and on the back of Gulf Air’s recent network expansion to key destinations such as Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) and Thiruvananthapuram in India, I am delighted to announce the return of our services to Athens.”
“Gulf Air’s service between Athens and Bahrain offers passengers more choice, nonstop convenience and onward connections via Bahrain across the GCC, MENA region and beyond, in-line with the airline’s strategy as one of Middle East’s largest network carriers. Flights to Athens will appeal to Bahrain and GCC residents as the Greek capital is popular with both business and leisure travellers. We expect Athens to be a successful addition to our network and look forward to a continuation of our strong ties with the Greek capital.”
Gulf Air’s four weekly flights will be operated by an Airbus A320-ER aircraft in a two-class configuration, featuring 14 Falcon Gold Class seats and 96 Economy Class seats. Designed specifically for the airline, and incorporating various elements of passengers’ feedback, the A320-ER is the only aircraft of its kind in the world featuring full flat-bed seats, as well as being equipped with the airline’s latest in-flight entertainment technology.
Passengers can book tickets online at www.gulfair.com, through Gulf Air’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 or by visiting dedicated Gulf Air offices and approved travel agencies.
Gulf Air took the difficult decision to suspend services to Athens in March 2012 for commercial reasons following a prolonged period of challenging operating conditions.
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 37 cities in 22 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights to over 10 regional capitals, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air serves all its destinations with a combination wide and narrow body fleet totaling 26 modern aircraft. Renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by the airline’s signature family and business friendly products, Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers.
Gulf Air connects Bahrain to the world and, as such, is a key national infrastructure asset, serving as a powerful driver for the economy and supporting the Kingdom’s on-going economic growth.
Gulf Air is the Official Airline and Sponsor of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2014 and was the Official Airline and Sponsor of the Bahrain International Airshow 2014.